Monday, July 29, 2013

Brenda Ann Spencer

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January 29, 1979, Milwaukee Journal - AP, UPI, LA Times, page 4, Sniping Suspect Had a Grim Goal,
January 29, 1979, Los Angeles Times, page A1, Schoolgirl Sniper Kills 2, by Paul  Jacobs and Nancy Skelton,
January 29, 1979, Milwaukee Journal, Suspect Brenda Spencer Was Escorted Through A Police...
Now she is in police custody being held in connection with a 15 minute burst of gunfire that left two persons dead and nine others, including eight children,
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January 30, 1979, Evening Independent - AP, page 2A, School Sniper Suspect Bragged Of 'Something Big To Get On TB',

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January 30, 1979, The Tuscaloosa News – AP, page 1, Patty goes free Thursday
January 30, 1979, The Milwaukee Journal - AP-UPI-LA Times, Sniping Suspect Had a Grim Goal,




January 30, 1979, St. Petersburg Times - Los Angeles Times, page A3, San Diego parents waited in anguish, by Cilla Brown and Lanie Jones, 540 words [Original title: 'Oh Please, Let Her Be There, Let Her Be There...'; Frantic Parents Seek News of Children on Nightmare Morning,] [Blog]
January 30, 1979 Los Angeles Times, page SD1, 'Oh Please, Let Her Be There, Let Her Be There...'; Frantic Parents Seek News of Children on Nightmare Morning, by Cilla Brown and Lanie Jones,
January 30, 1979, Evening Independent - AP, School Sniper Suspect Bragged of 'Something Big To Get on T.V.',
January 30, 1979, The Tuscaloosa News – AP, page 1, Girl sniper kills 2 in San Diego,
January 30, 1979, St. Petersburg Times - Los Angeles Times, page 1A,Teen-age girl fires on school; 2 killed, 9 hurt, by Paul Jacobs and Nancy Skelton,
January 30, 1979, New York Times, page A10, San Diego Girl Slays 2 With Rifle And Wounds 9 on School Grounds; Suspect, 16, Surrenders After Principal and Custodian Are Killed--Says She Fired Gun 'Just for Fun'; 
January 30, 1979, New York Times, page 10, Col. 2, Brenda Spencer, 16, surrenders to police,
January 30, 1979, New York Times, Tomboy and Gun Enthusiast; Ammunition 'for Small Army'
Brenda Spencer's classmates described her today as a tomboy and a gun enthusiast who had difficulty adjusting to school. They said she was skinny, shy,

January 30,1979 Los Angeles Times, page SD1, Two Slain Men Shared a Willingness to Help Others, by Phil Garlington,
January 30,1979 Los Angeles Times, page B-1-B2, Girl Sniper Kills 2, Wounds 9 at San Diego School, by Paul Jacobs and Nancy Skelton,
January 30,1979 Los Angeles Times, page A3-A4, Girl Sniper, 16, Held Pending Hearing, by Robert Welkos, [Alt: Rifle Attack on School Kills Two, Wounds Nine]
January 31, 1979, St. Petersburg Times – Los Angeles Times, page 3A, School near normal after sniper attack, by Cilla Brown and Lanie Jones,
January 31, 1979, Madison Courier - AP, Stunned, Bewildered Students Wonder: Why Did Brenda Spencer shoot at them?, by Norm Clarke, AP Writer,
January 31, 1979, Montreal Gazette - UPI-AP, page 34, Accused schoolyard sniper 'always talking about guns',‎
January 31, 1979, New York Times, page A8, Relatives and friends of Brenda Spencer, 16, comment on her shooting at San Diego. 
January 31, 1979, New York Times, page A8, Coast Sniper Vowed She Would 'Do Something Big', by Pamela G. Hollie,
January 31, 1979, Chicago Tribune, Brenda Spencer's 'fun',
Mass killings by demented people are not extremely rare. With a little thought most of us can remember four or five instances in recent years, and each of them is ...
January 31 ,1979 Los Angeles Times, page SD-1, 3 Victims Still in Intensive Care,
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January 31, 1979, Vol. 95, No. 80, The Cornell Daily Sun, page 2, UPI Stand Alone Photo, Teen in Custody,

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January 31, 1979, ‎Fort Scott Tribune, page 2, 16- Year- Old Sniper Charged With Two Counts Of Murder, SAN DIEGO In a petition filed Wednesday in Juvenile Court, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and other criminal charges ..


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January 31, 1979, Madison Courier, Brenda Spencer Faces 12 Charges In Shooting Spree,
SAN DIEGO — In a petition filed Wednesday in Juvenile Court, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and 10 other criminal ...

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January 31, 1979, Kingman Daily Miner, page 12, Children puzzled by shooting,

Burton Wragg, 53
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January 31, 1979, Madison Courier, Bewildered Students Wonder: Why Did Brenda Spencer Shoot at Them?
Brenda Spencer, was arrested by police after the . deadly 15-minute barrage of bullets and a seven-hour siege at her house across the street from the school ...


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January 31, 1979, Madison Courier, page B5, Brenda Spencer Faces 12 Charges In Shooting Spree, ‎


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January 31, 1979, The Tuscaloosa News, page 23, Sniper action shocks pupils

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January 31, 1979, Montreal Gazette - UPI, AP, page 34, Accused schoolyard sniper 'always talking about guns',‎

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February 1, 1979, Evening News - AP, page 8A, Teen Sniper Charged .With 2 Murder Counts .
16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and 10 other criminal charges in connection with the sniper attack on an elementary ..

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Feb 1, 1979, Tuscaloosa News - UPI, Girl Sniper Suspect Charged,
SAN DIEGO In a petition filed Wednesday in- Juvenile Court, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and 10 other charges in ...

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Feb 1, 1979, The Phoenix, Sniping Suspect Charged In Killings .
SAN DIEGO = - In a petition filed Wednesday in juvenile court, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and 10 other criminal .


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February 1, 1979, Lakeland Ledger, Nation ..Teen Charged In Sniping Deaths .
SAN DIEGO - In a petition filed Wednesday in Juvenile Court, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with two counts of murder and 10 other criminal .

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February 1, 1979, The Madison Courier - AP, page B5, Brenda Spencer faces 12 charges in shooting spree, ‎
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February 1, 1979, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star - AP, page 2, Accused Sniper Could Get Life Term,


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February 2, 1979, Press-Courier, Sniper Hearing Set,
SAN DIEGO--A Juvenile Court judge has set a Feb 16 hearing on whether 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer should be tried as an adult in connection with a fatal.



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February 2, 1979, Toledo Blade - AP, page 2, Girl Charged With Murder In San Diego School Attack,


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February 2, 1979, Prescott Courier, Sniper Suspect Hearing Set,
Todd Jr. says he will set a date next week for a hearing on whether 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer will be tried as an adult for an alleged sniper attack.
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February 8, 1979, Los Angeles Times, page A6, Sniper Suspect, Father Sued for $300,000 in Wounding of Schoolgirl,
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February 12, 1979, Time Magazine, Nation: It Was Monday
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February 13, 1979, New York Times, Letter: Trophies of Ineffective Gun Controls,
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February 23, 1979, ‎Boca Raton News, page 2A, Brenda Spencer To Be Tried,
SAN DIEGO — A judge has ordered a 16-year-old girl to stand trial as an adult for a sniper assault on an elementary school that left two dead and nine injured.

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February 25, 1979, Boca Raton News, Brenda Spencer to be tried,

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April 23, 1979, The Lakeland Ledger, page 2A, Parents Stop Punk-rock Concert,


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July 7, 1979, Los Angeles Times, Venue Hearing Delayed in Brenda Spencer Case
A judge Friday postponed a hearing that will decide whether Brenda Spencer goes on trial in San Diego or in another California county for the Jan. 29 sniper ...
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September 13, 1979, Los Angeles Times, New Sanity Tests for Spencer Girl Sought, by Ted Vollmer,
To combat an expected "diminished capacity" defense by accused sniper Brenda Ann Spencer, prosecutors moved Wednesday for separate
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September 21, 1979, Los Angeles Times, Brenda Spencer's Lawyers OK More Psychiatric Tests,
The defense team representing accused sniper Brenda Spencer said Thursday that it will agree to her undergoing tests by prosecution-selected psychiatrists.
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October 2, 1979, Miami News, Teen Sniper Pleads Guilty,
Brenda Spencer, the 17-year-old sniper who attacked a San Diego school In January, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of murder. ...

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October 2, 1979, page 3, The Press-Courier-AP, Southern California: Teen-Age Sniper Admits Attack,



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October 3, 1979, Tuscaloosa News, Girl Pleads Guilty To Sniping Attack,



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October 5, 1979, Trenton Evening Times, Girl guilty in shooting death of school janitor,

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January 27, 1980, Southeast Missourian - AP, page 5, Schoolyard Killings: How Soon They Forget,
... the small monument that hugs the ground like some forgotten war memorial. ... Burton Wragg, tho 53-year-old principal was shot dead when he ran from the building to cradle a fallen youngster. Custodian Michael Suchar, 56, was slain when he tried to drag the principal to safety.



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January 28, 1980, Times-News- AP, Children Forget Sniper,
Burton Wragg, the 53-year old principal was shot dead when he ran from the building to cradle a fallen youngster. Custodian Michael Suchar, was slain when he


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January 29, 1980, Free Lance-Star, page 12, Children Put Tragedy Behind Them,
Burton Wragg, the 53-year-old principal was shot dead when he ran from the building to cradle a fallen youngster. Custodian Michael Suchar, was slain when he



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January 29, 1980, Leader-Post, pag3 24, School tragedy not mentioned now,

Young Pupils Ignore Monument To Slain Principal and Custodian,
... the small monument that hugs the ground like some forgotten war memorial. ... Burton Wragg, the 53-year-old principal, was shot dead when he ran from the .



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February 21, 1980, Los Angeles Times, New Law Affects Brenda Spencer; Sniper Now Eligible for Juvenile Institution
Jerry Brown has signed legislation allowing young women convicted of major crimes to be sentenced to California Youth Authority facilities in- stead of state
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April 4, 1980, Boston Globe, page 1, 25 Years For Teen In School Sniping, 557 words
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April 5, 1980, Boston Globe, News in Brief; Woman Sentenced to 25 Years. 68 words
[Brenda Spencer] pleaded guilty last October, SANTA ANA, Calif. - Brenda Spencer, 18, who opened fire on a San Diego school yard with a .22 rifle a year ago,
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April 5, 1980, Reading Eagle, page 3, Reading Eagle,


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April 5, 1980, Lodi (Ca.) News-Sentinel - UPI, Teen-ages niper gets 25 years to life,




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April 5, 1980, Miami News, page 2A, School Sniper Sentenced,


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April 5, 1980, Ottawa Citizen - Reuter, page 65, Sniper Given 2 Life Terms,


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‎April 5, 1980, Edmonton Journal, School Rille Attack Lets 25 Years To Life,
Brenda Spencer, a teen ager who opened fire on a San Diego schoolyard with a gun a year ago killing the school principal and janitor, was sentenced Friday to 25 ...


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April 23, 1980, Sarasota Journal, page 14A, Group Cancels Show After Parent Protest, by Norm Clarke,





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April 22, 1980, Miami News, Loser's Corner, [Boomtown Rats] by Joe Modzelewski,

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April 24, 1980, The Calgary Herald - Reuters, page C9, Monday Was A Bad Day For Rock Group,
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April 24, 1980, The Calgary Herald, page C9, Monday Was A Bad Day For Rock Group,
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June 4, 1980, Los Angeles Times, Educators to Honor Pair Slain by Sniper,
.. $3000 for a small memorial sculpture garden to commemorate Burton Wragg and Michael ... Wragg,53, the school principal, is believed to be 'the only school
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June 9, 1980, New York Times, page B9, Notes on People; A Librarian Makes a Headline-Writer's Job Easy, by Dudley Clendinen, Mr. Spencer's daughter is Brenda Spencer, who is serving 25 years to life for the murders of an elementary school principal and custodian. They were killed
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February 10, 1981, Los Angeles Times, School Shrine,
... two weeks ago to Cleveland Elementary Principal Burton Wragg and custodian ... six-foot-tall memorial sculpture to two slain school employees looked before it ...Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools in honor of Wragg, 53,
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February 25, 1984, San Diego Union-Tribune, L.A. sniper hurts 11, kills pupil and self, 827 words
A man whose parents died in the Jonestown murder-suicide opened fire on dozens of children leaving an elementary school yesterday afternoon, killing a little girl and injuring 11 other people before slaying himself. Police said Tyrone Mitchell, 28, who fired the shots from inside a two-story house across the street from the school, had a history of drug use and "irrational behavior."He remained barricaded inside the home for nearly four hours, while SWAT officers bombarded the...
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February 25, 1984, Philadelphia Daily News, Schoolyard Sniper - Child Dead, 13 Others Hurt in LA Attack, 582 words
A sniper whose parents apparently died in the Jonestown murder-suicide opened fire on dozens of children leaving an elementary school yesterday afternoon, killing a girl and injuring 13 other people. Police said the suspect killed himself a few minutes later.Officers said Tyrone Mitchell, 28, who had a history of drug use and ''irrational behavior," fired the shots from a second-floor window in his white and blue house across the street from the school playground.At dusk,...
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February 26, 1984, The Philadelphia Inquirer, School Aide: Sniper Headed Him Off, 534 words
A 50-year-old playground supervisor shot while trying to help a child felled by gunfire said the sniper who shattered a routine school day here Friday "definitely was going to keep me from getting to that little girl."The supervisor, Albert Jones, who has worked at the 49th Street Elementary School for three years, was in the schoolyard at the time of the shooting only because he had lingered an extra hour, to play softball with students and teachers and to watch the children...
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February 26, 1984, San Diego Union, L.A. sniper may have been reliving Jonestown horror,
LOS ANGELES -- A survivor of the Peoples Temple mass suicide may have been reliving his family's deaths when he fired on a schoolyard Friday, killing a little girl and wounding 13 people before killing himself, his former attorney said yesterday. "He was a young ex-college student who'd gone to (South America) to be with his family. In the Rev. Jim Jones he was looking for the utopian sort of life it seemed they had down there," attorney Marcus Topel said.More than 900 people...564 words
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February 28, 1984, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sniper's Fire Still Echoes at School, 780 words
Kindergarten teacher JoAnne Payne was on the phone, assuring the mother that psychologists were on hand to help her and her daughter."They're all telling me that their children are afraid," Mrs. Payne said. "One little girl hasn't slept in two days. There's a lot of anxiety. It's what you'd expect."Yesterday was the first day of school at the 49th Street Elementary School since a sniper shot and killed one student and injured 14 children and two adults Friday afternoon....
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February 28, 1984, The Miami Herald, Sniper Nightmare Haunts Children Returning to Class, 723 words
Kindergarten teacher JoAnne Payne was on the phone, assuring the mother that psychologists were on hand to help her and her daughter."They're all telling me that their children are afraid," Payne said. "One little girl hasn't slept in two days. There's a lot of anxiety. It's what you'd expect." Monday was the first day of school at the 49th Street Elementary School since a sniper killed one student and injured 14 children and two adults Friday afternoon.Normal...
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March 4, 1984, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) Nightmares plague pupils after deadly sniper attack, 484 words
LOS ANGELES -- The chilling memory of a deadly sniper attack on the 49th Street Elementary School has led to nightmares and fears of further violence among students, say mental health experts trying to help them cope."Many of these children are especially upset because they are imagining that the killer had an accomplice who is going to return to get the rest of them," psychologist Martha Lyon said.There are 20 counselors at the South-Central Los Angeles campus, members of a...
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May 25, 1984, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) Mother of slain girl sues L.A., school board over sniper attack, 373 words
By City News Service The mother of an 11-year-old girl gunned down in the Feb. 24 sniper attack at the 49th Street Elementary School is seeking $6 million from the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District.The claim, announced Thursday by attorney Melvin Ogow, who is representing Sandra Jenkins, contends the city and school board were negligent in letting school children play outside, where they were shot by a sniper across the street.Ogow alleged that school board..
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July 1, 1984, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) Girl injured in sniper fire leaves hospital, 263 words
LOS ANGELES -- An 8- year-old girl wounded in a sniper attack on the 49th Street Elementary School that left three dead was home again Saturday after spending four months recovering from her wounds in a hospital.Ten other people who suffered wounds in the Feb. 24 schoolyard attack have since recovered. A student and a passer-by died from their wounds and the gunman killed himself.Anna Gonzales -- who suffered bullet wounds in the back, kidney, intestines and the vena cava blood...
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July 18, 1984, Crime Magazine, Mass shooting in San Ysidro - 1984, by Michael Thomas Barry,

James Huberty

On July 18, 1984, James Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others. Minutes earlier, Huberty had left home, telling his wife, "I'm going hunting... hunting for humans."

Huberty, who had a history of mental problems, lost his job in Ohio the previous year. He brought his family to San Diego and worked as a security guard until he was fired again, a month before the shootings. His wife claimed that Huberty called a mental health clinic to make an appointment for counseling but was never called back. Huberty had a love affair with guns, keeping a small arsenal in his bedroom. Bringing several of these guns, including a 9mm automatic pistol and semiautomatic rifle, into the McDonald's two miles from the Mexican border, Huberty demanded that the 45 patrons get on the floor. He then walked around the restaurant, calmly shooting people. He killed 20 in the first ten minutes, including four who tried to escape.

There were so many shots fired that the police first assumed that there was more than one gunman inside. Firing at a fire truck that responded to the scene, Huberty also grazed one firefighter with a bullet. An hour after the shooting began; an employee managed to escape through the basement and informed the SWAT team that Huberty was alone and without hostages. With this information, sharpshooters were told to "take him out." A marksman sent a shot through Huberty's chest and killed him. After making sure that he was dead, police finally entered the restaurant.

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July 19, 1984, Los Angeles Times, page B6, Massacre Recalls Other Senseless Slayings in Recent San.Diego Past, by Mike Granberry, Times Staff,
In late January, 1979, Brenda Spencer, described by friends as a small, doe-eyed girl of 16, gunned down the principal and custodian of the San Carlos elementary school across the street from where she lived. She also wounded nine others.
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July 19, 1984, San Diego Evening Tribune, Shootings here set grim record, 740 words
The shooting deaths of 20 people at a McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro set a grim record in U.S. history for the largest number of people gunned down by one person at one time. Yesterday's massacre at the fast-food restaurant was the third tragedy to hit the South Bay in the last two years.A score of people were killed in a 90-minute shooting spree by 41-year-old James Huberty, an unemployed security guard, before Huberty was shot and killed by police.Before the...
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July 19, 1984, San Diego Union, Savage hour stuns San Diego, 772 words
A savage hour of killing has left San Diego with a horrible, historic distinction. Yesterday's rampage in a San Ysidro fast-food restaurant by James Huberty amounts to the worst one-day toll by a single killer in U.S. history.Charles Whitman, the disturbed Texan who climbed to the top of the University of Texas clock tower in Austin and gunned down 16 people on an August day in 1966, previously held the infamous record.Whitman, a skilled marksman who picked off students...
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July 25, 1985, Los Angeles Times, San Diego, A judge took under submission Wednesday a request to move out of the county the trial of a Spring Valley man charged with murdering two police officers. San Diego Superior Court Judge William Low did not say when he would issue a written ruling on the change of venue motion by attorneys for Joselito Cinco, 26. Cinco's trial is scheduled for Aug. 19. He is accused of murder in the Sept.
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August 11, 1987, Los Angeles Times, Cruelty and Criminality Linked

Law enforcement agencies across the country generally have not taken attacks on animals seriously in spite of growing evidence of a link between cruelty to animals and other forms of violent and antisocial behavior, says Randall Lockwood, a psychologist with the U.S. Humane Society. Lockwood, an expert on human-animal relationships, often talks to groups of police officers, encouraging them to look carefully at such cases to find perpetrators of crimes against humans.
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December 3, 1987, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) Researchers find post-trauma disorders in children, 358 words
A psychological disorder that afflicts some Vietnam War veterans was found in children who survived a 1984 Los Angeles schoolyard sniper attack that left three people dead and a dozen injured, a researcher said Wednesday."We found that, just like adults, children suffer the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder after being exposed to a traumatic incident," said Kathi Nader, a clinical social worker at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles...
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January 18, 1989, San Diego Evening Tribune, Schools are vulnerable, 'but what can you do?', 571 words
Teachers, administrators and police say that short of building 10-foot walls around campuses and turning schools into top-security prisons, not much can be done to protect children from the murderous rage of a Patrick Purdy or a Brenda Spencer. Yesterday, Purdy, 26, opened fire on a playground full of children at an elementary school in Stockton. He killed five children and wounded 29 pupils and a teacher before committing suicide.Ten years ago in San Diego County, a principal...
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January 18, 1989, San Diego Evening Tribune, Stockton slaughter recalls '79 schoolyard horror here; Even the name of the school was the same: Cleveland Elementary, 371 words
Yesterday's rampage in Stockton evoked memories of a similar attack here 10 years ago on a school in the San Carlos area.Crouched in her home across the street, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed the Cleveland principal and custodian and injured nine people -- eight of them children -- during a 6 1/2 -hour siege on Jan. 29, 1979.But while Spencer was unhurt and is now a prisoner in the California Institution...
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January 19, 1989, San Diego Union, Stockton tragedy brings back horror to school people who recall S.D. sniper, 546 words
Daryl Barnes heard the name Cleveland Elementary, the Stockton school where a group of children were gunned down, and the words jarred his mind. Ten years ago this month, Barnes was in a San Diego schoolyard picking up wounded children as a sniper fired rounds at him. The name of the school: Cleveland Elementary."When I heard it on TV, I could hardly believe it," said Barnes, now a sixth-grade teacher at Foster Elementary School.Gaetana Patton has these words of advice...
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January 18, 1989, Los Angeles Times, San Carlos Killer Now Making Clothes in Prison : Stockton Tragedy Mirrors Spencer Case, by Leslie Wolf, Times Staff Writer

The unthinkable happened Tuesday morning at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton when a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire on terrified schoolchildren. A horrifying event, but not unique. The sniper's rampage was eerily similar in some ways to an attack at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego almost precisely 10 years ago. No Reason Was Obvious On Jan. 29, 1979, a petite, red-haired, 16-year-old girl picked up a .April 22, 1980, Miami News, Loser's Corner,
The Rats' hit song, Don't Like mondays Is based on the statement of a 16 year-old girl,Brenda Spencer, who opened on a group of grade-school children In San ..
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April 23, 1980, Sarasota Journal, page 14A, Group Cancels Show After Parent Protest, by Norm Clarke,
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January 19, 1989, Los Angeles Times , Victims of San Diego School Shooting Are Forced to Cope Again 10 Years Later, by Michael Granberry, Times Staff Writer

Christy Buell was "shocked, saddened, horrified" by the headlines. Tuesday, a killer walked onto a schoolyard in Stockton and opened fire on children, killing five and wounding 29 with bursts from a semiautomatic rifle. A teacher was also wounded in the assault, which lasted only three to four minutes. For Buell, the news was a grim reminder, an ugly blast of history repeating itself. She was one of eight children wounded Jan.
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June 22, 1989, San Diego Reader, A Geography of San Diego Murders, by Matt Potter, page 3, Burton Wragg, 53, Mike Suchar, 56
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April 17, 1990, Los Angeles Times, Feeling of Helplessness and Social Alienation Contribute to Violence, by Michael Granberry, Yimrd Dyadd Writer
In the last 11 years, San Diego has been the setting for a number of so-called berserk crimes--the violent actions of someone who has run amok. The city's fast growth may be to blame for the rise of such crime, experts say, but so are what some call disturbing trends in society. One expert says that such crimes tend to be committed by those who feel disconnected from social institutions and powerless to change them.
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June 6, 1991, Los Angeles Times, So-Called `Berserk' Crimes Are Not New to San Diego
In the last 12 years, San Diego has been the setting for several so-called "berserk" crimes--the violent actions of someone who has gone amok: * In January, 1979, Brenda Spencer, a 16-year-old San Carlos girl, killed two men and wounded eight children and a police officer. From a sniper's perch in her family's living room, Spencer aimed at a crowd of people on the grounds of Cleveland Elementary School.
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February 27, 1992, Los Angeles Times, Broderick Begins Term in Frontera; Transfer Possible, by Michael Granberry, Times Staff Writer,
Former La Jolla socialite Elisabeth Anne (Betty) Broderick, convicted of two counts of second-degree murder, left a jail in Santee on Wednesday to begin serving a prison sentence of 32 years to life. For the next four to six weeks, Broderick will be housed in the California Institution for Women in Frontera, 45 miles east of Los Angeles. She could remain in Frontera or end up being transferred to Madera or Stockton, a spokesman for the prison said.
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January 22, 1993, San Diego Union-Tribune, No parole for sniper who hated Mondays; She killed 2, wounded 9 in '79 San spree, by Anne Krueger, [Blog] 1,376 words
San Carlos spree Brenda Spencer, who has been imprisoned since she killed two people and wounded nine others in a 1979 San Carlos schoolyard shooting, was turned down yesterday for a chance at parole. Spencer, 30, did not appear before the three-member Board of Prison Terms panel considering her first opportunity for parole from the Frontera women's prison. But she said in a written statement that she plans to file a legal challenge to her conviction on two murder charges and one of assault with a...
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January 26, 1993, San Francisco Chronicle, Sniper Says Medication Hurt Her Defense,  by S. Espinosa,655 words
Brenda Spencer, the teenage sniper who took a rifle she got for Christmas and opened fire on a crowded San Diego elementary schoolyard in 1979, said she wants a court to overturn her murder conviction in the shooting spree, which killed the school principal and a custodian and wounded eight children and a policeman.In her first interview since the highly publicized shooting and six- hour standoff with police 14 years ago, Spencer said juvenile hall officials gave her prescription...
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March 27, 1997, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Multiple deaths in the region‎,

CORRECTION: A listing yesterday of incidents involving multiple deaths in the San Diego region said incorrectly that Brenda Spencer killed eight children.
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She won worldwide notoriety in 1979 when, as a freckled 16-year-old proclaiming, "I don't like Mondays," Brenda Spencer sprayed a San Diego elementary school playground with .22-caliber semiautomatic sniper fire.

On Tuesday--just minutes before a parole board hearing at which she would have been confronted by one of her victims--Spencer withdrew her request for prison release. Instead, she settled in for at least three more years behind bars.

A San Diego County prosecutor was prepared to tell the parole board, meeting here at the prison where Spencer is confined, that the 35-year-old remains a public threat.
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January 21, 1998, ‎San Diego Union-Tribune, Schoolyard killer Spencer delays hearing, 136 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two adults and wounded eight children and a police officer in a San Carlos schoolyard shooting in 1979, postponed a parole hearing yesterday for three years, the state Board of Prison Terms said. It would have been highly unusual for the parole board to have released Spencer, who is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence at the state prison for women in Frontera in San Bernardino County.Spencer, who is 35, first sought parole in 1993, 14 years after she...
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January 21, 1998, Los Angeles Times, page A3, California and the West; Woman imprisoned for '79 school slayings withdraws parole request; crime: Brenda Spencer acts just minutes before hearing. She killed two and wounded nine in San Diego sniper attack when she was 16, by T. Gorman, 
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January 29, 1998, Los Angeles Times, page A8, Brenda Spencer‎, 63 words
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January 29, 1998, Los Angeles Times, Brenda Spencer, by Ron Lesovsky,
The fact that Brenda Spencer, convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life, is even eligible for parole after 18 years is a miscarriage of .
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March 9, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, A Fatal Day In 1979 San Diego girl, 16, killed 2, wounded 9 in shooting spree at San Carlos school, 1,150 words [Crystal Hardy]
For years after she was shot in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, Crystal Hardy flinched when she heard firecrackers. Monika Selvig seemed emotionally untouched, though she had been shot in the abdomen. Later, she turned to drugs.For Kathe Wragg the turning point came three months after Brenda Spencer's Jan. 29, 1979, shooting spree, when her slain husband appeared to her in a dream.And Matthew Hardy credits the experience with turning him toward a life of...
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March 26, 1998, The San Diego Union Tribune, Sniper victims recall '79 tragedy here‎, .962 words
Gunshots pierce the playground noise. Children scream, and innocent victims fall. No matter where it happens, or how many years have passed, it's frighteningly fresh to the victims of Brenda Spencer, a 16-year-old who opened fire on Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos in 1979."It is a horrible thing, to think anyone could shoot children," said Kathe Wragg when she heard of the schoolyard killings in Arkansas Tuesday.Wragg should know. She has had 19 years and two..
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April 2, 1998, Los Angeles Times, Young Gunslingers Leave a Trail of Tears, by Scott Harris,
The day the sad story from Arkansas broke, I found myself thinking of Brenda Spencer of "I don't like Mondays" fame. That's what 16-year-old Brenda memorably told the enterprising reporter who reached her by phone that morning in 1979 as police closed in on her San Diego home. She had opened fire on an elementary school across the street, killing the principal and a janitor and wounding eight students and a police officer--because, she said, she didn't like Mondays.
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June 3, 1998, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Why Kids Kill: Behind the school fear, by Julie Irwin and Kathleen Hillenmeyer, diigo,

June 3, 1998, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Why Kids Kill, Q&A with the experts, by Marie McCain, diigo,
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November 1998, Good Housekeeping,Vol 227. No.5, pages 118-127., Look back in sorrow: in 1979, a teenage girl opened fire on a suburban San Diego elementary school, today, as the nation reels from a rash of similar tragedies, the survivors still struggle to understand why it happened, by Tamara Jones,
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April 25, 1999, New York Times, The Nation: After the Madness; Violence, Even Before the Internet, by Caitlin Lovinger,
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May 3, 1999, Time Magazine, 20 Years Ago In Time,
The carnage at Littleton this week had resonance for the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego, Calif. Twenty years ago, Brenda Spencer was a teenager with a gun and a target: the elementary school across the road. Today she is serving the 20th year of a 25-years-to-life sentence and will be eligible for a parole hearing in 2001. TIME's Feb. 12, 1979, report:
The explanation was incredibly casual. "I don't like Mondays," Brenda Spencer, 16, told reporters by telephone as she held off San Diego police for six hours. But who was she trying to kill as she repeatedly fired a .22-cal. rifle at Cleveland Elementary School from her home across the street? "No one in particular. I kind of like the red and blue jackets." While Brenda chatted on the telephone, the terrified pupils and teachers huddled on the floor of the bullet-sprayed school. Principal Burton Wragg and Custodian Michael Suchar were both slain by the gunfire at the school's front yard. Eight children and one police officer were wounded. After hours of futile attempts to get Brenda to surrender, she finally decided it was time to end what she had called "fun." She calmly walked out of the house, put her gun [down], went back inside..."Why did she do it?" asked an eight-year-old boy. Unfortunately, no one in authority could answer that question.
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November 1, 1998, Good Housekeeping, Look back in sorrow: in 1979, a teenage girl opened fire on a suburban San Diego elementary school; today, as the nation reels from a rash of similar tragedies, the survivors still struggle to understand why it happened, by Tamara Jones, diigo,
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April 25, 1999, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Carnage in Colorado, 561 words
Youthful killers in America not a recent phenomenon Long before the Internet and violent video games, teens went on killing sprees Long before two teenage boys began their shooting rampage last week at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., long before violent video games, the Internet and nihilistic industrial rock music, America's young were committing occasional acts of destruction and violence. If the following examples fail to show a pattern, it may be because there is none: * In 1951, 17-year-old Kenneth Skinner burned an apartment building in San Francisco, killing eight people. Although the building was...
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April 25, 1999, The Orange County Register, Anguish lingers after 20 years; Sniper Attack; Time can't heal all wounds in San Diego schoolyard shootings, 1,801 words
Principal Burton Wragg stood by the Grover Cleveland Elementary School gate, greeting his charges. Gaetana Patton, the new speech therapist, came by, smiled and said hello. Monica Selvig, an 8-year-old girl in a bright red ski jacket, crossed the street and came into the schoolyard, smiling.Thirty seconds later, Wragg's heart would be torn open by a .22-caliber bullet fired from a semiautomatic weapon wielded by an unseen sniper across Lake Atlin Avenue. He had been rushing toward...
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April 25, 1999, The Orange County Register. School sniper up for parole again in 2001, 266 words
Brenda Spencer pleaded guilty to murder in the Jan. 29, 1979, schoolyard sniping attack at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. Now 36, she is serving a term of 25 years to life at the California Institution for Women in Frontera.The last time she was up for parole, she waived the hearing at the last minute as one of those children she wounded prepared to testify against her release. Her next possible parole date is in 2001. According to Monica Selvig, Spencer has never...
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April 10, 2000, New York Times. page A1, The Well-Marked Roads to Homicidal Rage: Rampage Killers: Second of four articles -- Warning Signs, by L. Goodstein and W. Glaberson,
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February 7, 2000, San Diego Union-Tribune, page B1, Easing the pain of emotional scars; Victim of Brenda Spencer shooting gets help to defeat drugs, alcohol and tragedy, by A. Krueger, 1,153 words
Victim of Brenda Spencer shooting gets help to defeat drugs, alcohol and tragedy Monica Selvig never felt any pain when a bullet went through her abdomen 21 years ago at Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos. Lying on the schoolyard ground, the 8-year-old girl watched in detached fascination as she heard a popping sound and saw her principal fall to the ground. Then she heard another sound and saw the school custodian fall.Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar died, and Selvig was one of eight children wounded by the bullets that...
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March 6, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, Other School Attacks, 529 words
*Sept. 5, 2000: In Bidwell, Ohio, a 52-year-old school cafeteria worker was shot to death in an elementary school parking lot by her estranged husband, who later killed himself.
*May 26, 2000: A 13-year-old honor student killed his teacher, Barry Grunow, on the last day of classes in Lake Worth, Fla. Nathaniel Brazill is charged with first-degree murder. He faces life in prison if convicted.
*Feb. 29, 2000: A 6-year-old boy shot and killed a 6-year-old classmate at Buell..
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March 7, 2001, Los Angeles Times, The New School Dance, by Peter H. King,
EDITORS: Upcoming shortly is a 3rd Ld-Writethru to UPDATE with witness telling TV station he saw student gunman smiling while firing shots. The AP. --An Associated Press advisory distributed Monday morning in the aftermath of the Santee school shooting. * On a cold January morning in 1979, in a suburban San Diego neighborhood not far from Santee, a 16-year-old girl stood at a window of her home with a .22-caliber rifle that she'd been given for Christmas.
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March 9, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, A Fatal Day in 1979; San Diego girl, 16, killed 2, wounded, by Leslie Wolf Branscomb, Union-Tribune Staff Writer, diigo,
April 9, 2000, New York Times, How Youngest Killers Differ: Peer Support, by Ford Fessenden, diigo,
April 9, 2000, New York Times, List of Rampage Killers Across the Country, diigo,
April 10, 2000, New York Times, A View of Rampage Killers Across the Country, diigo,
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March 9, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, A Fateful Day in 1979, San Diego girl, 16, killed 2, wounded 9 in shooting spree at San Carlos school, 1,150 words
For years after she was shot in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, Crystal Hardy flinched when she heard firecrackers. Monika Selvig seemed emotionally untouched, though she had been shot in the abdomen. Later, she turned to drugs.For Kathe Wragg the turning point came three months after Brenda Spencer's Jan. 29, 1979, shooting spree, when her slain husband appeared to her in a dream.And Matthew Hardy credits the experience with turning him toward a life of...
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April 16, 2001, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) 1979 'Monday' school sniper seeks parole, 488 words [Crystal Hardy]
SAN DIEGO -- Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the...
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April 16, 2001, Ventura County Star (CA) '79 school sniper up for parole Tuesday, Brenda Spencer: DA says she hasn't shown remorse and claims to hear voices, 609 words [Crystal Hardy]
SAN DIEGO -- Brenda Spencer who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland...
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April 16, 2001, Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) School Shooter Up For Parole; 16-Year-Old Killed Two and Wounded Nine In a 1979 San Diego Shooting; Woman Is Unlikely To Be Released, Attorney Says, 613 words [Crystal Hardy]
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland...
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April 16, 2001, The San Mateo Daily Journal, Original school shooter seeks parole, 413 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary...
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April 16, 2001, ‎San Jose Mercury News, School Sniper To Ask For Freedom From State Prison; 2 Killed, 9 Hurt in '79 San Diego Shootings, 459 words

Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where crimes like the one she committed 22 years ago have become disturbingly frequent. Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland..
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April 16, 2001, San Jose Mercury News - AP, School Sniper To Ask For Freedom, by Ben Fox,
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return...
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April 16, 2001, Ventura County Star, '79 school sniper up for parole Tuesday; Brenda Spencer: DA says she hasn't shown remorse and claims to hear voices, 609 words
SAN DIEGO -- Brenda Spencer who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland...
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April 16, 2001, San Mateo Daily Journal, Original school shooter seeks parole, .413 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary..
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April 16, 2001, The Dallas Morning News, School sniper seeks parole; DA says woman has little remorse for 1979 shooting; 506 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent. Ms. Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults at San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary school.
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April 16, 2001, Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) 1979 'Monday' school sniper seeks parole, 488 words
SAN DIEGO -- Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the...
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April 16, 2001, San Jose Mercury News, School Sniper To Ask For Freedom From State Prison; 2 Killed, 9 Hurt In '79 San Diego Shootings, 459 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where crimes like the one she committed 22 years ago have become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland...
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April 16, 2001, Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) School Shooter Up For Parole, 16-Year-Old Killed Two and Wounded Nine In a 1979 San Diego Shooting; Woman Is Unlikely To Be Released, Attorney Says, 613 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, is seeking to return to a society where the crime she committed 22 years ago has become disturbingly frequent.Spencer is expected to ask for her freedom when she attends a parole hearing Tuesday at a state prison where she is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for her attack on children and adults gathering for the start of classes at San Diego's Grover Cleveland...
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April 17, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, Parole hearing today for Brenda Spencer; She killed 2 in '79 schoolyard spree, 776 words
Brenda Spencer, who shot up a San Carlos elementary schoolyard in 1979 and killed two adults, is scheduled for a parole hearing today. In a recent letter to The San Diego Union-Tribune signed by Spencer, she commented on the crime she committed when she was 16."I have struggled for many years to come to terms with my own crime and the terrible harm that I inflicted upon so many innocent people," she wrote in a letter dated March 23, sent from the women's prison in Riverside...
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April 17, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, Parole hearing today for Brenda Spencer; She killed 2 in '79 schoolyard spree, 776 words
Brenda Spencer, who shot up a San Carlos elementary schoolyard in 1979 and killed two adults, is scheduled for a parole hearing today. In a recent letter to The San Diego Union-Tribune signed by Spencer, she commented on the crime she committed when she was 16."I have struggled for many years to come to terms with my own crime and the terrible harm that I inflicted upon so many innocent people," she wrote in a letter dated March 23, sent from the women's prison in Riverside...
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April 17, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Parole hearing today for Brenda Spencer | She killed 2 in...
Deputy District Attorney Richard Sachs said chances are remote that [Brenda Spencer] will earn parole, which is rarely granted to convicted murderers in .
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April 17, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Parole hearing today for Brenda Spencer | She killed 2 in...
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April 18, 2001, The Deseret News - AP, Sniper in '79 shooting says she feels remorse, 104 words
CORONA, Calif. (AP) -- Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack. Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women on Tuesday that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that she..
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April 18, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, Killer's third try for parole is rejected Brenda Spencer speaks publicly of 1979 shooting, 969 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, was denied parole yesterday for a third time. Spencer, 38, spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting, saying repeatedly how she regretted the 1979 shooting at Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos."I'm very deeply sorry for what I have done to my victims and their families and friends," said Spencer, sitting at a table in a small hearing room at the...
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April 18, 2001, The Daily Union, [Junction City, Kansas] AP, Parole denied in 1979 shooting,

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April 18, 2001, San Jose Mercury News, Shooter Denied Parole Despite Remorse,
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole Tuesday after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her Jan. 29, 1979, sniper attack on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer, 38, told the parole board at the California Institution for Women that she still feels remorse. "With every school shooting, I feel I'm partially responsible," she..
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April 18, 2001, Deseret News, Sniper in '79 shooting says she feels remorse, 104 words
CORONA, Calif. (AP) -- Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack.Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women on Tuesday that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that she...
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April 18, 2001, San Jose Mercury News, page 19A, Shooter Denied Parole Despite Remorse, 93 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole Tuesday after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her Jan. 29, 1979, sniper attack on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer, 38, told the parole board at the California Institution for Women that she still feels remorse. "With every school shooting, I feel I'm partially responsible," she..
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April 18, 2001, Kingman Daily Miner, page 10, First School Shooter Won't Get Her Parole,‎

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April 18, 2001, The Deseret News, Sniper in '79 shooting says she feels remorse,
CORONA, Calif. (AP) -- Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack.Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women on Tuesday that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that she... 104 words
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April 18, 2001, Associated Press, Parole Denied to Woman Who Killed 2 in 1979 School Shooting,
CORONA — Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole Tuesday after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack.

Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women that she believes she is a different person now.

"I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that she wished it had never happened. But she added, "With every school shooting, I feel I'm partially responsible. What if they got their idea from what I did?"

Spencer was 16 on Jan. 29, 1979, when she fired on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School with a .22-caliber rifle from her family's house across the street.

Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar were killed. Eight students and a police officer were wounded. Spencer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Spencer was asked by a parole board member about her infamous comment to a reporter that the reason she opened fire was, "I just don't like Mondays."

She said she did not remember making the statement or talking to a reporter. She said she had been drinking and taking drugs that day and does not remember much.
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April 18, 2001, Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) Board Denies Parole For '79 School Shooter, 247 words
CORONA Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole Tuesday after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack.Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that she wished it had...
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April 18, 2001, Jefferson City News-Tribune (MO) Parole denied in deadly 1979 San Diego school shooting, 498 words
CORONA, Calif. (AP) -- Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack. Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women on Tuesday that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding...
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April 18, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, Killer's third try for parole is rejected; Brenda Spencer speaks publicly of 1979 shooting, 969 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, was denied parole yesterday for a third time. Spencer, 38, spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting, saying repeatedly how she regretted the 1979 shoo-ting at Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos."I'm very deeply sorry for what I have done to my victims and their families and friends," said Spencer, sitting at a table in a small hearing room at the...
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April 18, 2001, San Jose Mercury News, Shooter Denied Parole Despite Remorse, 93 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole Tuesday after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her Jan. 29, 1979, sniper attack on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School.Spencer, 38, told the parole board at the California Institution for Women that she still feels remorse.''With every school shooting, I feel I'm partially responsible,'' she...
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April 18, 2001, The Chanute Tribune (KS) Parole denied in deadly 1979 San Diego school shooting, 568 words CORONA, Calif. (AP) - Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack. Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women on Tuesday that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that...
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April 18, 2001, Associated Press Archive, Parole denied in deadly 1979 San Diego school shooting 586 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which she said she feels responsible for the many school shootings since her 1979 sniper attack. Spencer, 38, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women on Tuesday that she feels she is a different person now."I know saying I'm sorry doesn't make it all right," she said, adding that she wished it had...
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May 2, 2001, San Diego Union-Tribune, Two principals recognized for work during school shootings, by Jill Spielvogel, Staff Writer, diigo,
The award is named for former SDSU education professor Kurt Friedrich and was established by his wife after his death in 1996. It recognizes educators who go above and beyond the call of duty, many times at risk to themselves, Meno said.
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May 2, 2001, Education Week, '79 Shooter Denied Parole; A woman who as a teenager killed two people and wounded nine in a California school shooting has been denied parole, 116 words
Brenda Spencer was 16 when she fired on Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego on Jan. 29, 1979, with a .22-caliber rifle. The school's principal and a custodian were killed, and eight students and a police officer were injured. Ms. Spencer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison....
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June 19, 2001, USA Today - AP, Parole denied in school shooting‎,

(AP) — Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was denied parole after a hearing in which ...


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November 8, 2001, Richmond Times-Dispatch, After-Attack Sermons in Book, 654 words
Five days after terrorists attacked the United States, the Rev. William H. Duke Jr. preached his longest and hardest sermon. He talked to his congregation at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mechanicsville about finding security. He read from the book of Isaiah, chapters 36 and 37, and compared the tactics used by the Assyrians against the southern kingdom of Israel in 701 B.C. to the tactics used by the terrorists against New York City and Washington in A.D. 2001.
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June 19, 2003, Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC) Father hits right chords on horrors of drug use, 388 words
A Cherokee County man is taking the fight against drugs into his own hands -- with a musical twist.David Perry will carry his anti-violence message to Gaffney Middle School students during Red Ribbon Week this fall.As the 39-year-old father flipped through channels one evening, a video by the 1970s music group Boomtown Rats caught his attention. The video, "I Don't Like Mondays," was inspired by Brenda Spencer, a California teenager convicted of firing shots into an...
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April 20, 2004, Hartford Courant, Dark Side to White Men?, 638 words
[Brenda Spencer] and [Laurie Dann] and [Elizabeth C. Bush] are rarities. Other shooters had names like Kip, John, James, Chris, Donald -- all young men, all white.
In 2002, the Secret Service, collaborating with the U.S. Department of Education, released a much-awaited study of school shootings. The research looked at 37 incidents dating from 1974. What they found was that, in every instance, the shooters had caught the nervous attention of at least three adults in their lives. The shooters were depressed. Most of them had been bullied. And each attack was painstakingly planned.
Since Columbine, schools nationwide have pulled up the drawbridge, tightened security, taught children how to act in a lockdown. Faculty and staff are trained now for the worst-case scenarios that once were only hypothetical. Yet the violence embodied by the Columbine killers -- with their guns, knives and bombs -- remains. Preparedness is important; discussions of gun control and gun violence are, as well. Now if we would only ask the tough questions about the shooters themselves.
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April 25, 2004, Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Link Between White Males, Violence Goes Unstudied, 641 words
What is it about our white men that keeps us from asking tough questions?When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold strolled through the halls of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., five years ago, laughing and shooting their TEC-9 and sawed-off shotguns as they went, they left in their wake 13 dead -- 12 students and one teacher--before they turned the guns on themselves.What followed was the equivalent of a nationwide revival meeting as a grieving public tried to find answers,...
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June 13, 2004, Los Angeles Times, page A2, Sniper Killed After Battle Injuring Deputies, Worker; Suspect opens fire at a recycling plant in an O.C. canyon, engaging officials in four-hour gunfight, by Scott Martelle, Claire Luna and Kevin Pang diigo,
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January 29, 2005, The Mirror (London) 26 years later .. victims still scarred by the girl killer who said 'I just don't like Mondays'; Exclusive: Fears as Brenda Spencer Goes Up For Parole, by David Edwards, diigo,
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January 31, 2005, National Public Radio, Analysis: Grover Cleveland Elementary School shooting 26 years ago, by Alex Chadwick,, host: 983 words
This is DAY TO DAY. I'm Alex Chadwick.Coming up, we call an Iraqi electoral commissioner about that vote yesterday.First, this. There are anniversaries we don't so much observe as dread: the events connected to them something we'd prefer to forget, days we still cannot accept or fully understand. DAY TO DAY's Mike Pesca notes that this past Saturday, January 29th, was the day 26 years ago when something you would have considered unthinkable actually...
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March 15, 2005, San Diego Union-Tribune, Monday's killer is up for parole, 704 words
Brenda Spencer is about to come up for parole again. She was the 16-year-old San Diego girl who didn't like Mondays -- and her name lives in infamy because of it. It's been 26 years since the teen barricaded herself in her San Carlos home across from Grover Cleveland Elementary School and, with a rifle, shot one person after another. When the gunfire ended, the school's principal and custodian were dead and eight students, ages 6 to 12, and a police officer were...
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Find out about other school shootings

January 1979 - California, USA:
Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine in the Cleveland Elementary School playground in the San Diego area in California. She told a reporter that she started shooting because, "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."
March 1996 - Dunblane, Scotland: Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher at a primary school, before killing himself.
December 1997 - Kentucky, USA: At Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, a 14-year-old boy killed three students attending a prayer meeting.

March 1998 - Arkansas, USA: At Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, two boys aged 13 and 11 pulled a fire alarm and began shooting teachers and classmates as they left the school, killing four students and a teacher.



Roses left on a fence to remember students killed at Columbine High School in Colorado

April 1999 - Columbine, USA: Two student gunmen killed 12 other students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.

February 2002 - Freising, Germany: A former student thrown out of trade school killed three people with a gun before killing himself. Another teacher was shot but survived.

April 2002 - Erfurt, Germany: An 18-year-old ex-pupil killed 17 people and then himself. The shooting reportedly began after a student said he wasn't going to write anything in a maths test and pulled out a gun.

September 2004 - Beslan, Russia: Terrorists took more than 1,000 people hostage at a school in Russia. A gun battle when Russian soldiers stormed the building claimed the lives of 340 people, around half of them children.

October 2006 - Pennsylvania, USA: A 32-year-old gunman kills five girls at an Amish school, before killing himself.
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May 24, 2005, BBC News, Anti-social behaviour 'inherited', diigo,
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May 26, 2005, Twins Study Finds Genetic Cause For Psychopathy, by Dr. Essi Viding of the London Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, diigo,
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September 24, 2005, San Diego Union-Tribune, Schoolyard killer's parole opposed, 788 words
The widow and family of Cleveland Elementary School Principal Burton Wragg are steadfast in their opposition to parole for Wragg's killer. Their sentiments will be conveyed at Tuesday's parole hearing for Brenda Spencer by Richard Sacks, head of the San Diego D.A.'s lifer hearing unit. In 1979, when she was 16, Spencer stuck a rifle out the window of her San Carlos home and fired at the schoolyard, killing Wragg and janitor Michael Suchar, and wounding eight children and a...
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September 28, 2005, San Jose Mercury News, page 5B No Parole Granted for '79 School Shooter,
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was turned down Tuesday in her third bid for parole since the 1979 sniper attack on a San Diego elementary school. Spencer, 42, is often remembered for her response to a reporter who phoned her during a 6 1/2-hour standoff with police and asked why she opened fire. "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day," she said. The line inspired a song by the Irish rock..
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September 28, 2005, Lodi News-Sentinel, 1979 San Diego School Sniper Denied Parole,

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September 28, 2005, San Jose Mercury News, page 5B, No Parole Granted For '79 School Shooter, 134 words
Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was turned down Tuesday in her third bid for parole since the 1979 sniper attack on a San Diego elementary school. Spencer, 42, is often remembered for her response to a reporter who phoned her during a 6 1/2-hour standoff with police and asked why she opened fire. "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day," she said. The line inspired a song by the Irish rock...
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September 28, 2005, Los Angeles Times, September 28, 2005, Parole Rejected for Killer in School Attack, from Times Staff and Wire Reports
A state parole board Tuesday rejected a bid for freedom by Brenda Spencer, who killed two adults and wounded eight children in a 1979 sniper attack on a San Diego elementary school. Spencer, 43, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 1980; this was the third time her bid for parole had been rejected. The two-member parole board at the California Institution for Women in Chino ruled that she could not request parole again until 2009. Spencer was 16 when she fired 36 shots on Jan.
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September 28, 2005, San Diego Union-Tribune, School shooter won't go free, 701 words
Spencer was 16 when she killed 2, wounded 9 in `79 Brenda Spencer, who has spent 25 years in prison for killing two people and wounding nine others in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, was denied parole again yesterday. This was the fourth time Spencer, 43, has appeared before the state parole board asking to be considered for release. She was convicted of first-degree murder and assault for the 1979 shootings at Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos. She will not be eligible for a new parole hearing for...
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September 28, 2005, Copley News Service, School shooter won't go free, 628 words
CORONA - Brenda Spencer, who has spent 25 years in prison for killing two people and wounding nine others in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, was denied parole again Tuesday.This was the fourth time Spencer, 43, has appeared before the state parole board asking to be considered for release. She was convicted of first-degree murder and assault for the 1979 shootings at Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos. She will not be eligible for a new parole hearing for four...
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September 29, 2005, Santa Monica Daily Press - AP, 'Don't like Mondays' sniper; denied parole for a third time, 295 words
CORONA, Calif. — Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine others in the nation's first high-profile school shooting, was turned down Tuesday in her third bid for parole since the 1979 sniper attack on a San Diego elementary school.Spencer, who is serving 25 years to life, told the three-member parole board at the California Institution for Women she was deeply sorry."I didn't have a right to do that to those people," Spencer said, in...
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September 29, 2005, MSNBC, "I Don't Like Mondays" Killer Denied Parole,
In California a 3-member parole board has denied Brenda Spencer, 42, parole saying she is still a risk to society. In 1979 Brenda, then aged 16, took a gun to Cleveland Elementary School and killed her principal, the custodian and injured 8 children.
Spencer was previously denied parole in 1993 and 2001. At her last parole hearing Spencer claimed the action was a response to being beaten and sexually abused at home. Spencer says her father regularly visits her but will not talk about the abuse.
After the shootings in 1979 Brenda told a news reporter she was trying to: "liven up the day. Nobody likes Mondays." This explanation prompted Bob Geldof to write and record "I Don't Like Mondays," with his band the Boomtown Rats.
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September 29, 2005, ShortNews.com, "I Don't Like Mondays" Killer Denied,
In California a member parole board has denied Brenda Spencer, 42, parole saying she is still a risk to society. In 1979 Brenda, then aged 16, took a gun to Cleveland Elementary School and killed her principal, the custodian and injured 8 children.
Spencer was previously denied parole in 1993 and 2001. At her last parole hearing Spencer claimed the action was a response to being beaten and sexually abused at home. Spencer says her father regularly visits her but will not talk about the abuse.
After the shootings in 1979 Brenda told a news reporter she was trying to: "liven up the day. Nobody likes Mondays." This explanation prompted Bob Geldof to write and record "I Don't Like Mondays," with his band the Boomtown Rats.
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October 1, 2007, The Tribune, (San Luis Obispo) Music To Make Monday Bearable, 771 words
Aw, geez--not Monday again. Did somebody fast-forward time during the weekend? Because it seems like it ought to be Sunday right now. Yet here we are, five long days before the next reprieve from our weekly toils.Yes, Mondays can be downright depressing. Fortunately, we have music to help us through them.While you're lamenting about how you need just one more day to unwind, play one of our top ten Monday songs: 1 'I Don't Like Mondays, Boomtown Rats On January...
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September 23, 2008 The Independent - AP, Finnish tragedy is the latest in long line of school,
AP * January 1979, California, US: Teenager Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, ...
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September 28, 2008, New York Times, Nonfiction Chronicle: Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings, by Jonathan Fast. Overlook, $25.95. by Tara McKelvey, 
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October 9, 2008, Episodes cast for "Deadly Women" (2008) Season 1, Episode 1: Thrill Killers, diigo,
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November 15, 2008, Herald Bulletin, (Anderson, IN) Jonestown: Left alone to wait, 342 word
INDIANAPOLIS - In her small room in the Mount Zion Geriatric Center, an octogenarian named Hyacinth Thrash sat for years, waiting.God would soon be coming. At least she hoped so.She had lived a long life in service to Jesus.A native of Alabama, she had endured all the humiliations people can inflict on one another.Nothing could have prepared her for what she would witness later.Catherine "Hyacinth" Thrash was one of four people to survive the events at...
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November 16, 2008, Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) by Ian Shapira, The Washington Post, 644 words
The most compelling aspects of Jonathan Fast's "Ceremonial Violence," billed as a "psychological explanation" of a handful of U.S. elementary or secondary school shootings, are not the author's psychological insights. Instead, Fast, a Yeshiva University professor, is most successful when he organizes the bizarre details of each case into a readable narrative.In an early chapter, for example, he recounts the case of Brenda Spencer, who at age...
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January 29, 2009, NPR, When 'I Hate Mondays' Means More, by Alex Cohen host: 884 words
As we just heard, familial homicides like this week's horrific killings in Wilmington, California, are pretty rare - rare enough that people find them shocking. Not so rare these days: mass shootings at schools like Columbine High and Virginia Tech. One of the first school shootings happened here in California, at an elementary school in San Diego. That was 30 years ago today. Four years ago, Mike Pesca reported on that incident. Today, we air that story again....
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August 14, 2009, San Diego Examiner, Board says no to parole for convicted elementary school killer, 187 words
Brenda Spencer will spend at least another decade behind bars. On Thursday, a state parole board turned down a fourth bid for freedom by the woman who was 16 when she killed two people and wounded nine others during a shooting spree at a San Carlos elementary school in 1979.Spencer, 47, was previously denied parole in 1993, 2001 and 2005, and will not be eligible to try again for a decade.Spencer killed a principal and a custodian and wounded eight students and an...
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August 21, 2009, CBS 8 news, School Shooter Brenda Spencer Denied Parole,
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August 13, 2009, San Diego Union Tribune, Killer in '79 schoolyard killings denied parole, by Dana Littlefield,

Brenda Spencer, who shot and killed two people and wounded others three decades ago in one of the nation's first schoolyard shootings, ..
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August 21, 2009, CBS 8 news, School Shooter Brenda Spencer Denied Parole,
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April 17, 2009, New York Times, What's On Today, by Kathryn Shattuck,
10 P.M. (WE) The First Columbine In January 1979 16-year-old Brenda Spencer took the rifle her father had given her for Christmas, barricaded herself in a garage and aimed at the school playground across from her San Diego home. She killed the school's principal and a janitor and injured eight children and one police officer. ''I don't like Mondays,'' she said. ''This livens up the day.'' This documentary investigates 
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August 21, 2009, CBS 8 news, School Shooter Brenda Spencer Denied Parole,
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October 8, 2010, 5KTLA, Gunman Dressed in Black Opens Fire on Playground; 2 Children Wounded, 561 words
CARLSBAD, Calif. Oct. 08-- A man is in custody after firing at least five shots on the playground at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad Friday, wounding at least two students. The students, ages 6 and 7, were hit in the arm, but their wounds are not considered serious.The suspect, a man in his 40s or 50s whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain said."He is possibly a transient who lives...
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October 8, 2010, McClatchy-Tribune Regional News, Gunman Dressed in Black Opens Fire on Playground, 2 Children Wounded, 558 words
CARLSBAD, Calif. Oct. 08--A man is in custody after firing at least five shots on the playground at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad Friday, wounding at least two students.The students, ages 6 and 7, were hit in the arm, but their wounds are not considered serious.The suspect, a man in his 40s or 50s whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain said."He is possibly a transient who lives in the...
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October 9, 2010, 5KTLA, Alleged Gunman ID'd in Carlsbad School Shooting, 543 words
CARLSBAD, Calif. Oct. 09-- Authorities have identified the accused gunman in a Carlsbad school shooting as 41-year-old Brendan L. O'Rourke. The shooting took place at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad. Two girls ages 6 and 7, were hit in the arm, but their wounds are not considered serious.Rourke is believed to be a transient. He was booked on six counted of attempted murder and numerous weapons violations.Police say he is not cooperating with the investigation...
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October 9, 2010, Los Angeles Times, Gunman captured in school playground shooting, by Tony Perry,
A gunman dressed in black and ranting incoherently fired on an elementary school playground in Carlsbad, Calif., at lunchtime Friday, slightly wounding two children before construction workers tackled him. The injured girls, both second-graders, suffered graze wounds in the arm, authorities said. They were airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital in nearby San Diego. Witnesses who saw them taken to the aircraft said they did not appear to be seriously injured and that one girl even waved to onlookers.
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October 10, 2010, 5 KTLA, Police: Carlsbad School Shooting Suspect Not Cooperating, 604 words
Oct. 10--CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The suspect in a San Diego-area grade school shooting that left two young girls injured was not cooperating with investigators, police said. 41-year-old Brendan L. O'Rourke is in custody for investigation of six counts of attempted murder and numerous weapons violations.The shooting happened just after noon on Friday at Kelly Elementary School. Two girls ages 6 and 7, were hit in the arm, but their wounds are not considered serious. His..
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August 20, 2011, New York Times, page A11, In California, Victims’ Families Fight for the Dead, by Ian Lovett, diigo,
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January 29, 2012, Examiner (Washington, D.C.) Sixteen-year-old girl shoots up school, by Scott McCabe, 281 words diigo,
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April 21, 2012, Mascara & Murder, Karla Homolka 'haunted' by victim on BabyCenter,
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September 23, 2012, Lexington Examiner (KY) School Shootings: a History Part One of a series on Mass Murders in the U.S. 9,538 words

What is next in the world of school shootings and mass murders? We know that it can happen anywhere, at any given time, with little or no warning.Here, I present to you a history of some of the most marked episodes in recorded history, right up to, and including, the Colorado tragedy that happened just so recently.Some of these incidents you may have heard a lot of news about. Others, for some reason, are more swept under the rug, so to speak. There is no excuse for ANY of these...
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September 15, 2012, The Social Science Journal, Exploring school rampage shootings, by Michael Rocque
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September 23, 2012, Lexington Examiner (KY) School Shootings: a History Part One of a series on Mass Murders in the U.S., 9,538 words

What is next in the world of school shootings and mass murders? We know that it can happen anywhere, at any given time, with little or no warning.Here, I present to you a history of some of the most marked episodes in recorded history, right up to, and including, the Colorado tragedy that happened just so recently.Some of these incidents you may have heard a lot of news about. Others, for some reason, are more swept under the rug, so to speak. There is no excuse for ANY of these...
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December 20, 2012, The Hubris of Boz, The Grover Cleveland Elementary School Sniper, diigo,
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December 21, 2012, In America [CNN Blog]. Opinion: Female Mass Shooter Can Teach Us About Adam Lanza, by Laura L. Lovett,
Laura L. Lovett, a founding co-editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth and an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, argued in a CNN opinion essay that the San Diego shooting was overlooked by society because the perpetrator was a female. Lovett said that society can learn from cases of attacks instigated by women.
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December 23, 2012, Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, GA) Robert B. Simpson: How do we respond to unfathomable evil? 748 words
It would be good if I had some profound guidance to offer. I don't. Some eloquent words of faith and comfort might help. I don't have them, either. The wanton killing of women diligently performing one of the most important and selfless of tasks, and the causing of innocent children to spend their last moments on earth in terror, then slaughtering them like penned-up animals -- this kind of insanity leaves me with nothing profound or comforting to offer.So why should I write anything...
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January 8, 2013, Los Angeles Times, San Diego State hosts school shooting survival training by Tony Perry,
SAN DIEGO - The gunman stalked the dormitory halls yelling "I'm going to kill somebody," pounding and kicking on doors, and firing his weapon in the air. The resident assistants remembered their training: turn off the lights, barricade the doors with chairs and tables, lie flat on the floor, push back if the killer tries to bust in, or jump out a window if it isn't too high. The drama was all staged but with a life-saving purpose Tuesday as a dormitory at San Diego State became a stand-in for Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary and the engineering building on the campus here - all scenes of deadly rampages
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Brenda Ann Spencer, by Michael Thomas Barry

Brenda Ann Spencer was born on April 3, 1962. For Christmas 1978 her father, Wallace, had given her a .22 rifle as a present. A month later, on January 29, 1979, she achieved infamy when she began shooting at her school, Grover Cleveland Elementary in San Diego from her home, located across the street. Spencer shot principal Burton Wragg, 53, as he was trying to protect the children. Head custodian Mike Suchar, 56, died as he tried to help Mr. Wragg. In all, Spencer killed two and wounded eight children and a policeman.

Twenty minutes after the shooting began; police surrounded the Spencer home and laid siege to it for more than six hours. When Brenda gave herself up, she was asked whom she wanted to shoot and replied, “I like red and blue jackets.” When asked why, she said, “I don't like Mondays. This Livens up the day…I had no reason for it, and it was just lots of fun…it was just like shooting ducks in a pond…[the children] looked like a herd of cows standing around; it was really easy pickings."

Spencer pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life. After being turned down for parole in 2005 she claimed that at the time of the shooting she had been drunk and on PCP. She also claimed that she had been sexually abused by her father. Her comment about not liking Mondays inspired Bob Geldof to write the number one Boomtown Rats song of the same name.
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Brenda Spencer, who had just turned 16 when her offense occurred, had
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Brenda Spencer. Born: April 3, 1962. Age at Time of Rampage: 16. Date of Attack: January 29, 1979. No. Victims: 2. Victim Profile: The school principal and a .
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Therapy sessions revealed that Brenda was emotionally stuck at age 15 - the age in ... for the pain he had caused her, thus lifting a great burden that Brenda had ... openly sharing her experiences of recovery from a passive victim to a strong, ... While in this foster home Spencer, our live-in-houseparent, saw them at the local ...
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School Shootings, 2013, By Nils Böckler, Thorsten Seeger, Peter Sitzer, Wilhelm Heitmeyer Page 257
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Brenda Spencer was born on the 3rd of April 1962 and at Christmas 1978 her father Wallace gave her a shot gun. For those of us who live in towns and cities this seems a totally off the wall present to give to a 16 year old child.

Brenda Spencer lived opposite a school, the Grover Cleveland Elementary school in San Diego. Sitting comfortably in her own home Brenda Spencer started to fire at people as they came to the school. The first target was the headmaster Burton Wragg as he bravely tried to shield the children from her bullets. The Head Custodian Mike Suchar also died as he tried to help Mr Wragg protect the children.. These brave men were the only people to die but Brenda also managed to injure 8 children and one policeman who had come to investigate and help.

Police soon realised where the shots were coming from and surrounded the Spencer House laying siege for about six hours before Brenda finally gave herself up.

The bizarre nature of the shootings started to emerge when Brenda gave herself up to the police.

When asked how she selected people to be shot she answered that she aimed for red and blue jackets. When asked why she had shot the people that day she made her soon to be famous reply " I don't like Mondays" she added that the shooting had livened up the day and it was a lot of fun undertaken for no reason. Brenda Spencer likened the children to "shooting ducks in the pond" adding that the children looked like a herd of cows standing around which made them "easy pickings".

Brenda Spencer pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment.

This sentence meant that Spencer had to apply to the parole board to be released. An attempt for parole in 2005 was denied. At the parole hearing Spencer claimed that at the time of the incident she had been high on drugs and that she had been sexually abused by her father since her teenage years. This was the first time that she had ever mentioned this.

Grover Cleveland Elementary school was closed in 1983 as it had too few pupils

I don't like Mondays- Boomtown Rats
The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload
And nobody's gonna go to school today
She's going to make them stay at home.
And daddy doesn't understand it,
He always said she was good as gold
And he can see no reason
'cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be shown?
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Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day down
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The telex machine is kept so clean
As it types to a waiting world
And mother feels so shocked
Father's world is rocked
And their thoughts turn to
Their own little girl.
Sweet 16 ain't so peachy keen
No, it ain't so neat to admit defeat
They can see no reasons
'cause there are no reasons
What reasons do you need to be shown?
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Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day down
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All the playings stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with her toys a while
And school's out early and soon we'll be learning
And the lesson today is how to die
And then the bullhorn crackles
And the captain crackles
With the problems and the how's and why's
And he can see no reasons
'cause there are no reasons
What reasons do you need to die?
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Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don't like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day do
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Stuttgart Daily Leader - Jun 20, 2008
The two women left imprisoned, Lucille Smith and Brenda Spencer have been filing appeals together and separate nearly every year since 1983. Smith, also ...
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May 2, 1980, The Age,
THE Boomtown Rats were almost unheard of in Australia until they re leased their sardoically catchy ac count of 16-year-old Brenda Spencer's gun-toting antics: ...
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‎Lodi News-Sentinel
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Algora Publishing, Jan 1, 2001- 235 pages


Michael J "Mike" Suchar

Birth: Oct. 26, 1922, Ohio, USA

Death: Jan. 29, 1979, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA


Murder victim. Shot during a shooting spree on a San Diego Elementary School by Brenda Ann Spencer.

Worked as Head Custodian at Grover Cleveland Elementary School.

Lived to age 56 years.

Burial: Unknown


Record added: Oct 23, 2011

Find A Grave Memorial# 79141512



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